“Is it hot out here or what?” I ask as I fan myself, and sweat drips down my face.
Bill says, “Is a twenty-pound Robin fat?”
It’s hotter than Hades in Oklahoma. Not as hot as 2011, but hot enough.
Good thing daylilies like hot weather. They may melt in the afternoon, but tomorrow is always another day, and another bloom.
Much of June was full on sunshine, but a cold front came through Friday night, and we cooled down to 85F. I’ll take it over last week where the humidity made me feel as if I were living in Houston in August.
My daylily club did a local garden tour on Saturday, and my garden was part of the tour. I worked hard to get things tidied up. Actually, my whole family worked hard, and Kari came out and helped twice too. It takes a village to keep a garden tour ready. Things have never looked better. If I haven’t already enticed you with photos to join the daylily club, what will it take? I’m ready to make house calls if I must.
My visitors seemed taken with Silphium perfoliatum, cup plant which will be covered in yellow, daisy-like flowers in a few weeks. Its sheer size, already over six feet tall, and sturdiness make people stand in awe. The other thing they loved was the monarda, which is pretty spectacular this year. I don’t know the cultivar. I thought it was ‘Pardon My Purple,’ but PMP is a lot shorter than mine. I haven’t a clue, but the photo is below. Do any of you have an idea?
The garden is in full glorious bloom. I added a border, and I put soaker hoses on it with a timer. I can’t keep up with the watering otherwise. Drip irrigation is much more efficient than trying to hand water anyway. I added two Vitex agnus-castus ‘PIIVAC-I’ PPAF Delta Blues™ chaste trees to this new border because of some information from my dear friend, Beth Teel, of Tulsa. Beth uses vitex branches to make small supports for her plants. The limbs of the trees are very pliable and can be bent into various shapes and even made into wattle fencing. Beth also has a new gardening blog, Green Country Gardener, if you want to check out another Oklahoma gardener. Delta Blues™ is beautiful and blue. Blue is so hard to find in the garden.
Gardeners are the original, eternal optimists. As an example, I dug up four more roses this week. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve lost to Rose Rosette Virus, but I think these four bring the current year’s total to twelve. Still, I keep thinking of all the shrubs I want to grow in their places. My garden is ever more diverse, and I must admit that the shrubs I’m choosing are easier to keep than my precious roses. I still miss the roses though.
Not only is it daylily season here, it’s also the beginning of lily season. Just check out the beauty shots of ‘Conca d’Or’ at the top of this post. I have three other lilies blooming too. There is nothing easier to grow than true lilies, and orienpets are dramatic darlings. They grow very, very tall so they will need some support. You can use a stake and twine, or just prop them up with these metal blossom supports. Sometimes, I use two per lily depending upon how big it is. Probably not the most efficient way, but it seems to work.
That’s all I have this week. I have harvested two tomatoes. Yay. Please let me know what’s blooming in your garden too. I love to hear.